Greetings from the Executive Director

A new year and a new page in which to commit to our new resolutions. And we have many, given the rapid changes that have been taking place globally and in Indonesia. But, for a start, let’s look at the state of the book industry. According to the International Publishers Association (IPA), during the past two years more than 1.9 million books… Read more>>

Ruminations by John McGlynn: A Prayer for Self Reliance

Self-reliance is an admirable goal and, having been raised in a family of ten children on a small farm where cash-income was minimal and self-reliance and sufficiency were not just admirable but a necessity, I sometimes feel ashamed of myself for my current dependence on others, not just for the material trappings of life—the house, the car, and other large… Read more>>

Author of the month: Dewi Lestari

Dewi Lestari (Bandung, January 20, 1976) Dewi studied Internasional Relations at Parahyangan University (Bandung). Dee, both her pen name and as she is popularly known, first came to public attention through her membership of the pop group “RSD”. Her novels include Supernova: The Knight, the Princess and the Falling Star (2001),… Read more>>

Book of the month

by Dewi Lestari
Translated by Harry Aveling
244 pages

January Activities
  Lontar welcomes Mirren Strahan, a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, as our latest intern from the International Internships program. At Lontar she will be involved in translating and subtitling video profiles of Indonesia writers and other activities.

The 2019 London Book Fair, which will run March 12-14. will feature Indonesia as its Market Focus Country. Representing Indonesia will be 12 writers: Agustinus Wibowo, Clara Ng, Dewi Lestari, Faisal Oddang, Intan Paramaditha, Laksmi Pamuntjak, Leila S. Chudori, … Read more>>

Upcoming Activities

Lontar will be in the London Book Fair 2019, March 12-14.

Venue: Olympia, London

You can find us at: Stand 5D125, on ground floor

If you would like to know more about Lontar, have a look at our books or just meet our team, please e-mail to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you there!

Connect & Donate to Lontar

To contribute to Lontar send a message to Tuti Zairati, Lontar’s Chief Financial Officer at She will provide you with Lontar’s bank details. Contributions from persons and companies in the United States are tax exempt if given through Give2Asia (

Contact US

The Lontar Foundation
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Pejompongan, Jakarta 10210
Tel. +62-21-574 6880